State law requires districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and/or to reduce chemical exposure in schools.
17 V.I.C. § 24 School management accountability
(a) The Board of Education shall:
- (1) in consultation with the Department of Education, conduct a thorough annual assessment and evaluation of all public school facilities, school guidance division, and school administration in the territory;
- (A) in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, develop and adopt the Standard and guidelines for conducting a comprehensive annual inspection, assessment and evaluation of all public school facilities, school administrations and school guidance divisions in the Territory; and
- (B) in consultation with the Department of Health-Environment Division, the Department of Labor (OSHA) and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources make the decision via certification prior to the commencing of every school year that all public schools inspected are environmentally safe.
- (3) utilize the services of the Departments of Planning and Natural Resources, Public Works, Health, Environmental Health Division, Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) and Fire Service to carry out the provisions of this section. These departments shall submit a report as provided in subsection (d) of this section which shall include:
- (A) the identification of the major maintenance needs of the school;
- (B) the schedule for completing maintenance; and
- (C) the cost estimates for major maintenance.
(b) The Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education shall develop a schedule and proposed timeline for addressing areas of concern identified through the inspection, assessment and evaluation process.